Padre Pio spent ten years, from 1923 to 1933, completely isolated from the exterior world within the walls of his cell. During these years, he not only suffered the pains of the Passion of the Lord in his body, but he also felt in his soul the pain of isolation and the weight of suspition. His humility, obedience, and charity never denied the accusations.
On June 9, 1931, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Padre Pio was ordered by the Holy See to desist from all activities except the celebration of the Mass, which was to be in private. By early 1933, Pope Pius XI ordered the Holy See to reverse its ban on Padre Pio’s public celebration of Mass, saying, "I have not been badly disposed toward Padre Pio, but I have been badly informed."
Five rules for spiritual growth: weekly confession, daily Communion, spiritual reading, meditation and examination of conscience.